I twitter. Or Tweet. Or whatever.
I post to my wall.
I update my blog.
That is about all I am willing to do. Sometimes that seems to be way too much.
How much time should we spend chasing connection via digital communication? What is it about a little flag, or envelope, or whatever, that has a number next to it to indicate we have a message that gives us a thrill that genuine face-to-face, flesh-to-flesh connection doesn't seem to have anymore?
I have a friend whom I used to send little hand-noted cards and letters written in long-hand. Now we blip away via digital communication. We used to say the highlight of our week was getting some non-bill mail. You know, the kind of mail that isn't asking for money?
I can't remember the last time I sent her something personal.
Could our need to chase connection through digital means also be a reflection of our general lack of manners and consideration nowadays?
We don't have to have to be polite anymore. Most texts don't start:
How are you? It's been too long since I heard from you! How are the girls?
No, now when we need to talk to someone, we can text them:
u get ur copy of meeting notes? Txt me outline pt #2? missed it. THX!
What?? What is that?
And we don't call people anymore. No time for that. We shoot them an email that looks like this:
Hey!Gonna have a get-together at my house on the 22nd. Prolly around 5:30 or so. You in? Bring the kiddos and your YUM brownies!
Yeah, that feels really personal and warm.
And yet, with all the lightening fast connection why do we tend to feel more alone than ever?
I actually saw a post on Facebook that said they wished real life were more like Facebook. It was so much friendlier there.
That is just sad my friends.
Now, before you point out the obvious, yes I am posting this in a blog.
I realize the irony. But I also have always committed to writing about things that I see, things that influence me and things that make me think. Do I get my booty kicked right alongside those of you who read my little bloggy thoughts and agree? Sure I do. I can't write about what I haven't experienced!
So, how do we quit chasing connection and actually connect?
Go to the store. Buy a datebook and some really cute cards or stationary. Disconnect from all the electronics and start connecting again. Call a friend and schedule an actual date. Meet for coffee. Get ice cream and sit at the park watching the kids play while you catch up. Go on a double date with another couple you haven't seen in awhile. Send a card of encouragement and a long handwritten letter to your friend who lives a state away but knows you like no other.
Loneliness is a plague these days. In a digital age that makes us think we are connected, It sits inside our computers and phones and masquerades as relationships, but as soon as we click the log-off button, we are as lonely as ever. Take some steps today to get back to real relationships.
And if you are like me, then you can blog about your experience. Or post. Or tweet. Or whatever.